Over the summer, Pastor Eric Olsen and Michael Martin will be following the same spiritual outline for their weekly messages, concentrating on the theme: Gifts of the Spirit, Fruits of the Spirit.
We started on June 24 with God’s gifts through the Spirit.
July 1: The Gift of Wisdom & Knowledge July 8: The Gift of Faith July 15: The Gift of Understanding
July 22: Fruits of the Spirit July 29: the Fruit of Joy August 5: The Fruit of Patience
August 12: The Fruit of Self-control Ausugt 19: The Fruit of Peace August 26: The Fruit of Kindness
September 2: The Fruit of Hope
WORDS OF WISDOM
Your prayers move God to change the world. You may not understand the mystery of prayer. You don’t need to. But this much is clear: Actions in heaven begin when someone prays on earth. (The Great House of God by Max Lucado)
God does most of his work through people. May our lives be marked by kindness so that others will see God in us.
We don’t get closer to God by passing judgement on others. Instead may we be quick to listen and slow to speak and to judge.
Christ is the door that keeps us in and keeps the dangers out; for the peace of mind that comes from knowing you are standing watch over the events of our lives helps us to rest securely in your protection.
“Silent” and “listen” are spelled with the same letters. (Guideposts)
A riddle: What is greater than God and more evil than the Devil? The poor have it, the rich need it. And, if you eat it, you will die. (the answer is NOTHING)
The more we understand God’s love for us and what He did for us, the more love we will show to others.
For those who pray and wait; God does not depend on our time. Our time is chronological and linear but God is timeless. He will act at the fullness of His time. Our prayer will not necessarily rush God into action, but places us before Him in fellowship.
Lord, help me to love both words and deeds, to reach out to others and meet their needs. One act of kindness may teach more about the love of God than many sermons.
Loving God doesn’t make life effortless, but having His strength makes it easier.
No danger can come so near the Christian that God is not nearer – especially when we are tempted to panic or to do things in our own strength.
The key to effective relationships are gentleness and humility. When correction is necessary, it should be done with kindness and love. In that way we become imitators of our Lord Jesus Christ.
DID YOU NOTICE - The delightful mural on the wall in the children’s corner of the sanctuary? Many thanks to Susan Olsen (Pastor Eric’s wife) for creating this.
SARANAC LAKE ECUMENICAL FOOD PANTRY
July is peanut butter and jelly month. Please add your donation to the red shopping cart at the back of the sanctuary.
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN YARD SALE
Yard sale for benefit of UMW will be held July 27 & 28 at the church On Friday July 27 from 9am to 4pm
and Saturday July 28 from 9am to 3pm. Donations maybe left at church by July 24. All items must be in
good working order. No TV,computers or exercise equipment. NO CLOTHING. We will start setting up
Monday July 23 to Thursday July 26. Questions: call church at 891-3473, Charlotte Hall at 891-2129 or Deborah Donaldson at 891-4199.
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
Our annual dinner, 6:30 pm at the Red Fox. If any of you ladies would like to join us, please call Jessie Aubin 518-891-0822 for details.
Upper New York Annual Conference BOLDLY LIVES OUR CALL
The information in this article comes from the BRIDGE, a Conference Communications Ministry tool that delivers to local churches news and stories of ministry from around the Upper New York Conference and the world.
Members of the Upper New York Annual Conference gathered for the ninth session May 30 – June 2 at the SRC Arena in Syracuse, NY.
Upper New York Area Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb officiated and led the Conference around the theme Boldly Living Our Call.
If we are to boldly live our call – “if we are to be effective in the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ – our identity must be grounded in the identity of Christ,” Bishop Webb said, during opening worship. “We must acknowledge Christ! We must acknowledge who Christ is, not based on who the world says he is or based on our ideas, our definitions, our understandings, but on who Jesus said he was in word and in action. We must confess Jesus as our Savior and Lord.”
Conference Teacher, Rev. Dr. L. Gregory Jones led two study sessions. The first focused on not going back to Egypt.
“Each one of us has a ‘back to Egypt’ part of our souls,” Rev. Jones explained. “We get a glimpse of what God is calling us to do, and we get uncertain. And we say, ‘I don’t think so. Egypt sounds just fine to me.’ Oh how often we just settle for ‘going back to Egypt.’”
The second study session focused on getting the past out of our eyes to attain an extraordinary future.
“If we are going to boldly move into our call, if we are really going to be able to understand the summons coming from God, we need to recognize all that needs to be unlearned so we can change,” Rev. Jones said.
The Rev. Corey Turnpenny was the speaker for this year’s Memorial Service; visit http://bit.ly/AC2018memorialserv ice for the full article and the listing of those who were remembered. Bishop Webb honored retirees, new local church appointments, ordinands, commissioners, and the Cabinet at the Service of Blessing and Anointing.
Last years’ Harry Denman evangelism award winners Sandi Pearl (clergy) and Mark Jones (laity) presented this year’s Denman Award. Mark Jones presented the Denman award, posthumously to laity recipient Kevin T. Dunn. Kevin’s wife Amara, parents John and Wanda, and grandmother Eloise accepted the award for him. Pastor Perl presented the clergy recipient of the Harry Denman evangelism award to Pastor Mike Kelly. Several recommendations were addressed through holy conferencing: The Conference Leadership Team Recommendation that every UNY congregation be required to use the Vital Signs Dashboard starting Sept. 1, 2018, was supported as amended to strongly encouraged rather than required
Board of Pension & Health Benefits recommendations one and two, both supported; visit http://bit.ly/AC2018pensionandhealthreport for details.
Equitable Compensation recommendations one through five were all supported or supported as amended.
Eleven resolutions were discussed. visit hptp://bit.ly/AC2018resolutions for a full article on the resolutions and to learn which were supported and which were not supported. The ninth session of the Upper New York Annual Conference concluded with the service of Ordination and Commissioning. Bishop Dennis V. Proctor from the North Eastern Episcopal District of the African Method ist Episcopal Zion
Church was the preacher.
Bishop Proctor’s message was about what we can all give to help others: affirmation, information, and inspiration. His sermon was centered on Acts Chapter 3—the telling of James and John making their way into a temple when they saw a man unable to walk begging for alms. James and John, holding the man’s hand, said, ‘Silver and Gold, we have none, but such as we have, we give to thee. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth...rise up and walk.” The man rose, walked, leaped, and praised God.
In terms of giving affirmation, Bishop Proctor said, “Peter and John paid attention to the man, holding his hand, affirming they hear his call.”
Speaking of the gift of information, Bishop Proctor said, “Peter and John did not take the credit for the power to perform a miracle; they said, ‘In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth ’ Bishop Proctor continued, “You must be willing to tell the world who Jesus really is.
As for inspiration, Bishop Proctor reiterated how the man in the temple not only walked but he leaped, praising God He said, “This man had new energy...he was not only healed physiologically but also psychologically...it’s not you, me, us, but the power that works through us”
For a full list of the 2018 commissioners and ordinands and more on Bishop Proctor’s sermon visit http://bit.ly/AC2018ordination.
For a full Annual Conference 2018 wrap-up including notes and videos, visit http://bit.ly/AC2018wrapup
REMEMBER WITH A CARD
Rose Nadon: Neighborhood House, PO Box 46, Keene Valley, NY 12943
Genevieve Clarkson: Champlain Valley Senior Community, 10 Gilliland Lane, Willsboro, NY 12996
Bruce Barnard: P.O. Box 246, Rainbow Lake, NY 12976.
Margaret Turnbull: 3873 Burnup Road Black River, NY 13612
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